Essential Tips to Have a Healthy Summer

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With the kids out of school and everyone with a more flexible schedule, summer is a great time to focus on improving your health.

Get started with these simple tips and tricks for changes to your diet, fitness routine, health, stress level and more! The most important thing to staying healthy is to take time to relax and breathe daily and remember to enjoy time with family and friends.

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Stay Healthy at Work: Get Up, Get Out, & WALK

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How can I stay active and healthy at work when my job requires that I sit in front of a computer all day, every day?

It’s a challenge that many of us face, and too few of us have conquered. When the default in your work environment is to maximize time spent sitting at your desk and minimize time spent up and away from your work, it can feel nearly impossible to battle the health issues that come with inactivity.

Besides ditching your desk job for one requiring physical labor (which, of course, isn’t really an option for many), one of the best things you can do to improve your health at the office is to work WALKING into your workday. How, you ask? Here are some suggestions to get you started: Read more

The Health Benefits of Humor: A Life of Laughter is Worth the Wrinkles

 

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Poet E. E. Cummings was onto something when he said:

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E. E. Cummings.

Research has proved time and time again the health benefits of humor. Laughter is good, not only for the soul, but also for the body. It really is one of the best and most holistic medicines around! Not to mention that it’s fun, fat-free, and doesn’t cost a penny.

Just in time for the stress of taxes, allergies, and rainy April days, we’re celebrating the fact that April, National Humor Month, is also a time for laughter. Take a break, find out just how healthy laughter can be, and then have a laugh yourself! Read more

Get Better Sleep for a Happier & Healthier You

When your alarm woke you up this morning, were you ready for it? If not, you are far from alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 30 percent of Americans are all too familiar with the groggy foggy sluggishness of sleep deprivation, running on less than six hours of sleep on any given day.

The importance of getting better sleep (and more of it!) extends far beyond the desire to increase your productivity and general happiness. It’s essential for your health. Even if you’re able to push through that zombie-like state with the help of a routine caffeine fix, sleep deprivation can still take its toll on your body. Consistently insufficient sleep has been linked to increased risk for chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, just to name a few.

Although you can’t always control the factors that may be interfering with your sleep, you can adopt healthy habits and try tricks that encourage and allow for quality sleep. For the best results, listen to the rules of the experts, but bend them. Make them work for YOU Read more

Heart Healthy Foods & Heart Healthy Eating

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It’s unsettling to think that the number one killer of Americans for more than 50 years—heart disease—is something that’s relatively easy to prevent. It’s unsettling, but also encouraging, because it’s within YOUR power to make sure you or your loved ones never become one of the billions of Americans lost to heart disease.

In addition to staying active, the key to heart health is eating a variety of heart healthy foods. There is no magic item you can add to your diet to improve your chances of a healthy heart, but a combination of the right foods can prevent and in some cases reverse damage to your cardiovascular system with every bite.  Incorporate some (or all!) of the following foods into your diet, and keep your overall diet as colorful, varied, and natural (the less processed the better) to create a more heart healthy routine. Read more